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WAYRBA ( Western Australia Young Readers Book Awards) is a readers' choice award, organised on a statewide basis for young readers throughout Western Australia. The Award operates on two levels, Younger Readers and Older Readers. The awards have a long pedigree- by Aussie terms- going back to 1980 there have been some wonderful winners over the years. The award also has a word press site for up to date information.

Readers are invited to nominate, through their libraries, books that they have enjoyed. These nominations are then considered by the WAYRBA committee [ed another dedicated bunch focused on young people's literacy, thanks] and theTerrier (Beka Cooper) two lists are drawn up. Eligibility is given to books of fiction published within the last five years and currently in print.

2009 Winners

Older Readers Highest Ranked: Terrier by Tamora Price -

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's buy_from_fishpondGuard, commonly known as 'the Provost's Dogs', in Corus, the capital city of Tortall. To the surprise of both the veteran 'Dogs' and her fellow 'puppies', Beka requests duty in the Lower City. The Lower City is a tough beat. It's also where Beka was born. ( Year 6 - Year 9) More

Younger Readers Highest Ranked Booked: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney-

Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are buy_from_fishponduniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things. More

Highest Ranked Western Australian Author: Jack's Island by Norman Jorgensonbuy_from_fishpond

Jack's Island‘This accomplished writer tells a good tale. The cheeky but lovable characters are woven well into a riveting story-line with an Australian setting. All blend beautifully together within simple prose to form an exciting and entertaining story.’ — Good Reading

Jack’s family is based on Rottnest Island during WWII while his father helps build an airfield. Jack and his best friend Banjo have the run of the island and a remarkable knack for getting into trouble — but as Jack says, ‘I’m not that bad, I just get caught a lot!’ Dafty, a simple but loveable young boy, dotes on Banjo and Jack. When Dafty seeks revenge against the local schoolmaster for a punishment inflicted on Banjo, life suddenly becomes more serious. This poignant, multi-layered text offers young readers a valuable insight into life in Australia during the war. More

2008 Winners

Older Readers: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Younger Readers: Just Shocking! by Andy Griffiths
Avis Page Award for the highest ranked Australian author: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetts
Hoffman Award for the highest ranked West Australian author: Red Dragon by Andrew Lansdown.

Twilight Just Shocking! On the Jellicoe Road red_dragon

Jan 15th - The 2009 Reading Lists are now available from WAYBRA'S Wordpress site. . 2009 Older Readers- 2009 Younger Readers.

2007 WAYBRA Award Winners


2007 Younger Readers' List- Highest Ranked Book

They Came on Viking Ships - Jackie French -Award sponsored by Westbooks Children's Book Centre.

As a puppy, Snarf is fortuitously rescued by a young girl called Hekja when he is bviking_ships_coveradly injured, their simple but happy lives are changed unrecognisably when their village is raided by Vikings. This work is suitable for children aged 10-14.

Nathan Nuttboard: Family Matters - Anthony Eaton

Nathan, Gnarly and the Nuttboard family are back again in a sequel to Eaton’s popular Nathan Nuttboard: Hits the Beach. Narelle as difficult as ever; Dad still technologically challenged; Mum her usual assertive self; little sister Nadine inathan_nutboardntrusive and Nathan and friend Gnarly continuing their happy-go-lucky sure to miss-fire antics. What IS new is the arrival of a little known grandfather from Scotland, Fergus McCraigh.

Self-centred, overbearing, canny, rude, Fergus makes life miserable for all the members of the family. Narelle, the only one of the children to remember a visit to Scotland where she was accused of spoiling Fergus’s sporran, already dislikes the man before he dobs her into her parents for being at a pub instead of studying; Nathan is forced to give up his bedroom for Fergus and to share Nadine’s - together with her thousands of stuffed toy animals. Neither is too happy with the situation. Mum has a history of not getting on with her father, and Dad, well Fergus never forgave him for marrying his daughter and taking her off to Australia.

Add a dash of Gnarly and the mixture is ripe for slapstick child-centred humour. Once again the siblings unite. This time to scare off Fergus - who, it must be said, is remarkably resilient.

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2007 Older Readers' Listreilly_matthew
Highest Ranked Book

Seven Ancient Wonders - Matthew Reilly (young, dynamic & very seven_ancient_wonders_coverpopular to right) Award sponsored by The Singing Tree, Cottesloe


In the world of the near future, people travel everywhere in cars that hover four feet above the ground. This brilliant new technology has brought with it the invention of a new super-fast, super-dangerous, competitive sport ...hover car racing. Part race-car driver, part fighter pilot, all superstar: Jason Chaser is a champion hover car racer. But now he's pitted against the best young racers on the planet - with the ultimate prize at stake!


2007 Avis Page Award
Highest ranked Australian book on the older readers' list

Destroying Avalon- Kate McCaffrey

Older Readers Winners 1980- 2006
2006 Eldest (Inheritance Cycle) / Christopher Paolini
2005 A Child Called It / Dave Pelzer
2004 Saving Francesca / Melina Marchetta
2003 Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Old Kingdom Trilogy S.) / Garth Nix
2002 The Amber Spyglass / Philip Pullman
2001 Holes / Louis Sachar
2000The Night is for Hunting / John Marsden
1999 Burning for Revenge / John Marsden
jaques_brian1998 The Third Day, the Frost / John Marsden
1997 Salamandastron / Brian Jacques (left- won 4 years out eight)
1996 The Power of One / Bryce Courtenay
1995Tomorrow, When the War Began/John Marsden
1994 Looking for Alibrandi/ Melina Marchetta
1993 Del-Del / Victor Kelleher
1992 Mattimeo / Brian Jacques
1991 Mossflower / Brian Jacquesgrowing_pains_adrian_mole
1990 Redwall / Brian Jacques
1989 WHEN THE PHONE RANG / Harry Mazer -
1988 Dead Birds Singing / Mark Talbert
1987 THE EYES OF KAREN CONNORS / Lois Duncan -
1987 Back Home (Puffin Books) / Michelle Magorian
1986 The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole / Sue Townsend
1985 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 / Sue Townsend
1984 DID YOU HEAR WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDREA? / Gloria Miklowitz -
1983 GOODNIGHT MR TOM / Michelle Magorian -
1982 FORBIDDEN PATHS OF THUAL / Victor Kelleher -
1981 Don't Hurt Laurie! / Willo Davis Roberts
1980 MY DARLING VILL/ Lynne Reid Banks -

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Younger Readers Winners 1980-2006
wilkinson_carole2006 Dragonkeeper: Garden of the Purple Dragon Carole Wilkinson (left)
2005 Specky Magee and the Season of Champions / Felice Arena & Garry Lyon
2004 Specky Magee and the Great Footy Contest / Felice Arena & Garry Lyon
2003 Selby Stardom / Duncan Ball
2002 The Forest of Silence/ Emily Rodda
2001 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / J K Rowling
2000 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone / J K Rowling
1999 Quicksand Pony / Alison Lester
1998 LILY AND ME / Moses Aaron -
1997 SELBY SUPERSNOOP / Duncan Ball -
1996 THE TOPSY TURVY STORYBOOK / Dick King-Smith -
1995 Undone!: More Mad Endings (Puffin books) / Paul Jennings
1994 Unbearable!: More Bizarre Stories / Paul Jennings
1993 Snotty Bumstead Stories (Red Fox Summer Reading Collections) / Hunter Davies
1992 Uncanny!: Even More Surprising Stories: On the Bottom; A Good Tip for Ghosts; Frozen Stiff; Ufd; Cracking Up; Greensleeves; Mousechap; Spaghetti Pig Out; Know All / Paul Jenningsmatilda_cover
1991 Selby Screams Rejacket / Duncan Ball
1990 Selby Speaks / Duncan Ball
1989 Matilda / Roald Dahl
1988 GRANDMA CADBARY'S TRUCKING TALES / Dianne Bates
1987 Selby's Secret / Duncan Ball
1986 The Witches / Roald Dahl
1985 The BFG / Roald Dahl
1984 George's Marvellous Medicine / Roald Dahl
1983 SAMANTHA ON STAGE / Susan Clement Farrar -
1982 Superfudge / Judy Blume
1981Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes /
Eleanor Coerr
1980 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing / Judy Blume

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hover_car-racerAvis Page Award Winners 1985- 2006
2006 Hover Car Racer/ Matthew Reilly
2005 Scarecrow/ Matthew Reilly
2002 JUICE / Katy Watson
2001 The Other Side of Dawn / John Marsden
2000 SINK OR SWIM / Ron Bunney-
1999 Guitar Highway Rose / Brigid Lowry
1998 Lockie Leonard, Legend / Tim Winton
1997 Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life / Maureen McCarthy
1996 The Power of One / Bryce Courtenay
1995Tomorrow, When the War Began/ John Marsden
1994 Looking for Alibrandi/ Melina Marchetta
1993 Del-Del/ Victor Kelleher
1992 BROTHER NIGHT / Victor Kelleher-
1991 Lockie Leonard, Legend, HUMAN TORPEDO / Tim Winton
1990 Jodie's Journey (Takeaways) / Colin Thiele
1989 Unreal!: Eight Surprising Stories / Paul Jennings
1986 People Might Hear You/ Robin Klein
1985 WHEN WE RAN/ Keith Leopold

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Hoffman Award Winners 1982 to 2006
2006 SHAH / Liliana Stafford
2005 Babies Bite: More Real Facts of Life/ Geoff Havel
2004 Secrets in the Tingle Forest / Louise Schofield
2003 CHIKO: THROUGH THE STARTING FLAGS / Liliana Stafford -
2001 Selby Surfs / Duncan Ball
2000 Surf's up/ Diana Chase
1999 Blueback / Tim Winton (left)
1998 SOMEONE LIKE ME / Elaine Forrestal-
1997 SELBY SUPERSNOOP / Duncan Ball-
1996 WHERE THE WHALES SWIM / Victor Kelleher-
1995 Undone!: More Mad Endings (Puffin books)/ Paul Jennings
unbearable1994 Unbearable!: More Bizarre Stories/ Paul Jennings
1993 GUMBOOTS AND OTHER RISKS / Gillian Barnett-
1992Uncanny!: Even More Surprising Stories: On the Bottom; A Good Tip for Gho sts; Frozen Stiff; Ufd; Cracking Up; Greensleeves; Mousechap; Spaghetti Pig Out; Know All/ Paul Jennings
1991 THE PAW THING / Paul Jennings
1989 THE GHOST AND THE GORY STORY / Duncan Ball
1986 HATING ALISON ASHLEY / Robin Klein
1982 THE COCKROACH THAT WROTE A SYMPHONY / Trevor Todd-

 

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